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Voices in the Sexual Conversation: The Four Frameworks

  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)

Abstract

First printed in English in 1684, Aristotle’s Master-piece offers a view into vernacular sexuality, the first framework for the public deliberation of sex. Taking the name of Aristotle to lend authority, this anonymously written work contained medical information from many different sources, including popular folklore. It was the most common guide to reproduction and sexual matters in America in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In keeping with medical thought at the time, the body is seen as governed by the four fluids (or humors). Blood combined with heat was the source of sexual desire. Man was the hotter, drier, and lustier sex; woman, the cooler and moister Women’s anatomy and desire were etched along the lines of a one-sex model, in which a woman is a man outside-in.

Keywords

Sexual Desire Genital Organ Organic Life Public Deliberation Married Person 
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© Bedford/St. Martin’s 2006

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  • Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

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